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Today’s News - Wednesday, March 7, 2012

•   Berg explains what's behind the grumbling over TED's City 2.0 (click through to "The City Two-Point-Ugh" by Diana Lind, too).

•   Arvan doesn't begrudge the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit design team pick, "but we also must give local talent the support and work that will encourage and promote homegrown quality and creativity."

•   Alford gets "choked up" when he dwells on "the beautiful process" that went into the National Museum of African American History and Culture, a "national project filled with Black pride."

•   Arieff is at her most eloquent in explaining why we don't read about architecture: "far too often it feels about as pleasurable as tooth extraction."

•   CABE plans to take on "a viable business model" (i.e. charge for its services) to survive.

•   Christchurch's new stadium is an optimistic sign of renewal "emerging across the city's infrastructure landscape"; it may be temporary, but it "does not feel 'thrown together,' because Christchurch is tired of temporary."

•   In Las Vegas, "a city that seems to implode its landmarks every few years," the Smith Center for the Performing Arts "emulates one of Southern Nevada's earliest construction marvels: Hoover Dam" (great slide show).

•   Schumacher finds re-worked design for a casino hotel is "a dramatic improvement," but does it "fit in with its industrial, kitschy neighbors?"

•   Lubell cheers the renovation of a Modernist synagogue in Beverly Hills that takes it "from dark to dazzling."

•   An eyeful of the first-prize winner of the 2011 ThyssenKrupp Elevator Architecture Award for the Istanbul Disaster Prevention and Education Centre.

•   Minnesota picks Leo A Daly to design new Firefighters Memorial (pro bono).

•   The U.S. Department of the Interior and National Park Service name 13 new National Historic Landmarks + an eyeful of one: FLW's "Child of the Sun" campus for Florida Southern College.

•   Architects are duped in a scam competition.

•   Call for entries: Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts 2012 Steedman Fellowship in Architecture International Design Competition + City of Dreams Pavilion for the 2013 summer season on Governors Island.



  


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